Regions in Oceania

American Samoa

One of the prime reasons to visit American Samoa is to see Tutuila, one of the South Pacific's most dramatically beautiful islands, and you'll get an eyeful of gorgeous scenery on the 11km (6 3/4-mile) ride... read more


Kangaroos, killer surfing and the sun-scorched Outback might be the first things that come to mind when you think of Australia, but this big-boy of a country has a whole lot more than Crocodile Hunters and... read more

Cook Islands

Tropical, remote and hassle-free, the Cook Islands are the ideal South Pacific retreat. Polynesian culture meets coral lagoons, lush jungles, craggy mountains and blazing white beaches to create a dream-come-true... read more


Over 300 beautiful tropical islands make up the Republic of the Fiji Islands, with 106 of them inhabited permanently. Popular destinations include Viti Levu and Vanua Levu, both examples of laid-back, welcoming... read more

French Polynesia (French Pacific Islands)

Breathtaking beauty, indelible enchantment and hypnotic diversity collide in the five great archipelagos that make up French Polynesia. Jagged mountains, sapphire lagoons, and exotic flowers are the first thing... read more

Micronesia (Federated States of)

The Federated States of Micronesia is a country composed of four major island groups totaling 607 islands that lie just north of the equator about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Indonesia. The islands... read more

New Caledonia

The people of New Caledonia are split into four major groups: The Kanaks, descendants of European and North African prisoners and settlers, people from other parts of France (French mainland and overseas... read more

New Zealand

For its small size, a kiwi can lay a big egg.  Likewise, the land of the kiwi (and the Kiwis, as native New Zealanders are called), may be small and relatively unpeopled, but it packs quite a punch as... read more

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island was a penal colony for the British colony of New South Wales during the periods 1788–1814 and 1825–1855. In 1856 it was settled by former inhabitants of the second largest of the Pitcairn... read more

Northern Mariana Islands

The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is a commonwealth in political union with the United States located in the Micronesia region of the Pacific Ocean. The CNMI has many WWII bunkers, which... read more


Palau is a group of islands in the Micronesia area of Oceania, to the southeast of the Philippines. Palau is most famous for scuba diving. One of the most famous dive sites - Blue Corner, with constant sharks... read more

Papua New Guinea

In 2009 Papua New Guinea received 125,000 visitors, but only around 20 percent of these declared themselves as tourists. The country offers the traveler a true paradox. With little tourist infrastructure... read more


The scenic 31km (19-mile) drive from Faleolo Airport into the historic capital of Apia provides a fitting introduction to Samoa. Here in this cultural storehouse, which was once known as Western Samoa, the... read more


Thanks to a quirk of humankind and not of nature, the international date line swings eastward from its north-south path down the middle of the Pacific Ocean just enough to make the last Polynesian monarch... read more


Vanuatu is an archipelago nation consisting of 83 islands in the southwest Pacific Ocean, north of New Zealand and east of Australia. The pre-history of Vanuatu is obscure, but archaeological evidence supports... read more

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